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Leading depression researcher to join CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute

Toronto, April 3, 2014 - Dr. Etienne Sibille, an expert on the brain science of depression, is joining the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto as inaugural Campbell Family Chair in Clinical Neuroscience.

Dr. Sibille seeks to understand the molecular changes in the brain associated with depression, and with aging and the development of mental illnesses. By using different approaches that combine studies of human brain tissue along with genetics and pre-clinical models, he has generated new hypotheses and experimental approaches to studying the development of disease. Dr. Etienne Sibille
Dr. Sibille was recruited from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry, where he was associate professor. His lab will be based in CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute.

“Dr. Sibille’s highly innovative approaches are already paving the way to make substantial progress in understanding and finding new treatments for depression,” says Dr. Bruce G. Pollock, Vice President of Research and Director of the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH. “As a productive scientist and dedicated mentor, his leadership is a valuable addition to the Toronto neuroscience community.”

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and current front-line treatments only work for perhaps 50 per cent of individuals.

“Neuropsychiatric disorders in general, and depression in particular, are complex system disorders, yet their mechanisms can be tracked back to brain circuit and cellular dysfunctions,” says Dr. Sibille. “The characterization of this primary pathology is the first step towards the development of new therapeutic strategies and drugs. CAMH provides the ideal environment to foster interactions and promote multi-disciplinary projects. I am very excited and truly honored to join such an exceptional scientific environment.”

Dr. Sibille is an award-winning scientist with more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. Notably, he received the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health Independent Scientist Award in 2009. He also serves as a reviewer for leading psychiatric journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Sibille earned a PhD in Pharmacology from Cornell University Medical College in 1999, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University with Dr. René Hen at the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.

Media contact: Kate Richards, CAMH Media Relations, 416-595-6015; or by email at media@camh.ca

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.  CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit www.camh.ca.

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